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Focus On Efficiency

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Arkansas cotton farmer Michael Mangrum is always looking for ways to do things faster and better. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Stories passed down by his maternal grandmother tell how his great-great grandfather and his brothers came from Oklahoma and settled in Craighead County. The circumstances under which they arrived were reminiscence of the Wild West. They included characters such ... Read More »

Tips To Maximize Planting Efficiency

Technology And Hands-On Efforts Work Together By Carroll Smith Editor An impressive lineup of cotton varieties is available for the 2018 growing season, and farmers have been busy deciding which ones to plant on their farms. Although phenomenal yields and good quality have been coming out of the field recently, cottonseed is not a cheap input. Because seed is a ... Read More »

Cover Crop Research

Mid-South Report Bill Robertson shows a disintegrated pair of 100 percent cotton briefs that were buried for five weeks in a field with a cover crop, demonstrating active, healthy soil. On the right, a pair of polyester briefs is still intact. As part of Cotton Incorporated’s sustainability initiative, cotton producers and researchers in the Mid-South continue to look at cover ... Read More »

Writing The Next Chapter

Strategic Thinking Keeps Cotton In The Mix By Carroll Smith Editor Mississippi author David L. Cohn once said, “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” This region is proud of its history, which contains many colorful chapters populated by Indians, blues music and snowy white cotton fields. Gary ... Read More »

A Century of Cotton

By Carroll Smith, Editor For the past century, Johnny Griffin’s family ties are woven into the fabric that is North Carolina agriculture. During the early part of that era, cotton and tobacco were grown as cash crops primarily by tenant farmers who rented small parcels of ground from area landowners. And according to the Encyclopedia of North Carolina, more than ... Read More »

Industry News Oct. 2016

Texan Named In Faces Of Farming And Ranching A Texan has been named one of the eight finalists in the third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). Texas Farm Bureau member Jeremy Brown grows cotton, organic cotton, wheat, grain sorghum, rye, peanuts and sesame on the South Plains of West Texas. He ... Read More »

Research & Education Rotation, Cover Crops Impact Cotton Yields More Than Tillage

By Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M University After eight years of research on no-till advantages and disadvantages with cotton crops, Dr. Paul DeLaune is convinced it’s not as much about the tillage as it is about the cover crop and/or rotation. DeLaune, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research environmental soil scientist in Vernon, says he has compared no-till, strip till and conventional ... Read More »